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A Resident’s Thoughts on CM’s Expulsion from ICMA

View Points Article: A Madeira Beach resident sent this to us and asked us to share the thoughts… 

City Manager Shows Contempt for Filing of Ethics Complaints by Residents

Our Madeira Beach City Manager was emboldened by the letter he received from ICMA dated 8/15/2016, saying that the complaints filed against him lacked support and that no further action would be taken for those filings.

  • Good judgment would dictate that the CM should have breathed a deep “Whew”, brushed ...
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Contact Information for City Officials

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Shane Crawford scrawford@madeirabeachfl.gov City Manager
Travis Palladeno tpalladeno@madeirabeachfl.gov Mayor
Elaine Poe epoe@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Nancy Hodges nhodges@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Terry Lister tlister@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Housh Ghovaee hghovaee@madeirabeachfl.gov Commissioner
Michael Noble mnoble@madeirabeachfl.gov Chair
Dennis Carr carrden23@gmail.com Planning Commissioner
David Lawrence dlaw@giopsnow.com Planning Commissioner
Ann Rasmussen annras1@gmail.com Planning Commissioner
Ingrid Ferro-Spilde Not available Planning Commissioner
Sonny Flynn Not available Planning Commissioner
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City Manager Expelled From ICMA

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is THE professional association for local governments, worldwide.

  • It sets standards with a code of Ethics which all member-Managers must swear to uphold.  
  • If they do not uphold the standards of Ethics, they can be censured and expelled.  

And, this is exactly what has happened to Madeira Beach City Manager, Shane Crawford. He was censured and expelled.

Why Was Crawford Censured and Expelled from Membership?

The ICMA Executive Committee found that two different tenets were violated.  They both were related to his ...

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Calendar Dates Set for Two Hearings



The challenge to the comprehensive plan based complaint (Hein/Parker v city of MB), challenged on the (improperly) advertised notice is scheduled for October 7th.  

A summary judgment hearing is requested and alleges that the court needs no testimony and can make a decision based on the facts of law and the case.   

To read the Summary Motion filed with the court,  click Here.

You May Attend the October 7 Hearing 

Anyone can attend. The ...

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Important Legal Work Yields Hearing Thursday, 9/15

Our first day in court is coming this week.

Yesterday, Ken Weiss provided an update on recent work done on our behalf and that is what is included below.  Some of this is taken verbatim from Mr. Weiss’s information.


Our attorneys filed “complaints” yesterday, to request that the court rule on the refusal of public records and associated Sunshine Law violation. (This is related to the Commission meeting when the Mayor and Commissioners voted to pay ...

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Stories We’ve Been Told About Madeira Beach

Photo courtesy of the VSPC Convention Visitor Bureau. 

In speaking with residents opposed to the proposed huge developments, it seems that opposition centers on quality of life.  The city continues to tell the press/media and residents how they see things… which we find to be somewhat magical or mythical thinking.

Story #1 –

High Traffic Volume Will Not Be a Problem

Adding over 12,000 cars a day will not be a problem and will not decrease quality of life, we have been told. 

This is ...

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The Cost of MB Government


The Beach Beacon’s article, “Ethics Complaints Could End Up Costing Taxpayers” by Wayne Ayers, we think, needs a better title. The REAL story and more correct title should be “MB RESIDENTS AT RISK”.

We say this because Mayor Palladeno and the 3 commissioners – in attendance at the August 9, 2016, Board of Commissioners meeting – voted to offer a blank check to lawyers representing city officials and employees with ethics complaints filed against them ...

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Good News! Courts to Decide Our Petition


Thanks to attorney Ken Weiss, on August 9, 2016, a complaint was filed to ask the courts to rule on the sufficiency of the petition.

This is the petition that Madeira Beach United volunteers circulated for signatures throughout the city to overturn the Planned Development zoning.  It was presented to City Clerk Aimee Servedio on June 10th.

You may recall that the Madeira Beach City Charter document states that the final ruling on a petition’s sufficiency is up ...

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City Served: Amended Sunshine & Public Records Violations

The Flowers Are for You, Ken!

We are delighted that you have filed this complaint to stop Mayor Palladeno, City Commissioners and City Manager Shane Crawford from actions that are:

  • damaging to our city and
  • more importantly, potentially ILLEGAL.

This appears to be the only way to stop this group, coached by the city’s attorney, Tom Trask.

Below is an excellent article with an overview of what is going on with this legal action.

Tampa Bay Times article by Sheila Mullany ...

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Who is Houshang Ghovaee? aka Housh Ghovaee

Editorial Sent by a Madeira Beach Resident

Appointed to Madeira Beach City Commission & Vice Mayor, 7/9/2016

Mr. Ghovaee was appointed to the commission without any public discussion of his background.  Some have asked: What kind of force and spokesperson he will be for residents of Madeira Beach?

We have heard questions like:

  • Will he help the mayor and city manager control the budget, or
  • Will he continue the reckless spending spree for dubious projects that has buried the city in a mountain of ...
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